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A sumptuous Middle Eastern dinner party menu

by Lottie Huckle

published on 11 May 2017

Throw a sumptuous Middle Eastern-inspired dinner party with this carefully curated menu, featuring recipes from the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, Silvena Rowe and more. Complete with both vegetarian and meat-based main courses as well as a truly show-stopping dessert, this is the ultimate Middle Eastern feast.

For the table

Spiced Olives, Three Ways

Spiced Olives, Three Ways

by Tony Kitous, Dan Lepard

These Lebanese-style olives are the perfect addition to a mezze board or alongside drinks. Incredibly moreish, they’re bound to whet the appetites of your guests.

Starter

Hummus kawarma (lamb) with lemon sauce

Hummus Kawarma (Lamb) with Lemon Sauce

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Ottolenghi’s Hummus Kawarma is a must for any Middle Eastern-inspired dinner party. Complete with a taste bud-popping lemon sauce, it’s guaranteed to leave clean plates.

From the book

Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Vegetarian main course

Barley Risotto with Marinated Feta

Ottolenghi’s Barley Risotto with Marinated Feta

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi

Vegetarians will likely have to fend the meat eaters off when you serve Ottolenghi’s inventive barley risotto, spiked with lip-smacking marinated feta.

Meat main course

Perdeli Pilaf with Duck Confit, Raisins and Pine Nuts

Perdeli Pilaf with Duck Confit, Raisins and Pine Nuts

by Silvena Rowe

Wow your guests with this celebratory dish from Silvena Rowe, dotted with plump raisins, pine nuts and sumptuous duck confit.

Dessert

Pistachio and Rosewater Pavlova with Greek Yoghurt, Honey and Figs

Pistachio and Rosewater Pavlova with Greek Yoghurt, Honey and Figs

by The Meringue Girls

Round off your feast with an aromatic show-stopper, bursting with Middle Eastern flavours. Elements of this pavlova can be made in advance, so there’s less for you to do on the evening of your dinner party.

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